CIA K9 Officer Fawn the Labrador Retriever

Photo credit: CIA

While 4leggers has grown into a site that offers fact sheets, helpful tips, and feature stories about all four-legged mammals from household cats to mountain lions, bears, elephants and even mice, the foundation of 4leggers is our love of dogs.

To help educate the public about how important canines are to our everyday life, even though we often don’t know it, 4leggers has launched a series of stories about some of the most courageous dogs in the world: CIA K9 officers.

Check out of pages of active CIA K9 officers and those dogs who have been enshrined in the CIA K9 Hall of Fame.

If you know of any courageous dogs – whether working dogs or just a neighbor’s dog who saved a life or did something courageous – please contact us and we’ll follow up about doing a story: change [at] sherpamultimedia [dot] com.

CIA K9 Officer

NAME: Fawn

BREED: Labrador retriever

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: undisclosed


Hi, my name is Fawn. I am a black Lab and I weigh 50 pounds. I was born on Nov. 11, 2005. I am an Explosive Detection K-9 at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Before I came to the CIA, I was training to become a guide dog for the blind. I was happy there, but I really wanted to learn how to sniff out explosives. It sounded exciting and challenging. I spent six weeks training at the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). It was during this time that I learned the different odors of explosives.

When I completed my training, I met my new partner, K-9 Officer Nick. We worked together in a 10-week training program. Officer Nick and I worked really well together.

It was a real treat when Officer Nick took me home to meet his family. I love going to work every day, but, I also love going back home playing ball with the kids or running around at the park.

I am so happy working with Officer Nick at the CIA.

Source: CIA


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